I think the only reason this thread is so long is because until this forum, I didn't realize Oasis fans were this defensive like Beatles fans are. The correlation is starting to not feel coincidental. No one Rock in Rio performance or sales figure or no-reason-one-liner claim will determine anything. Seeing the picture as a whole is the only way. The issue is that I'm learning the Oasis fan needs to be the absolute best and now on this page, the last rock band...ever! Obviously, that's not true. We live in a world where bold claims are attempted to hide uneasiness. Comments like they're as famous as The Cranberries to put down the Oasis fan is also obviously untrue. But they stem from a thread title (which is a question, not a statement - not the OP's fault), that they were the 'greatest band in the world' and the focus on that has now become greatest band of the world in the whole decade or for the last 30 years. Hard for your typical music fan to accept statements this self-important and borderline pompous. -------- The general consensus added up here has the most likely conclusion. For the years of 1995-1997, they were the UK's biggest band. No matter how we spin statistics or various countries' concert lineups for rock festivals, this is a very proud statement to have as an Oasis fan and it should be enough. It's enough for me and I own every song they released. But it seems the Oasis fan has now pushed that victory into more bold claims like most influential band, most popular of the decade, most popular of the last 30 years, most important, most this most that. This is where most forum members and the rest of the world would have an issue. The greed of wanting more and more bold claims by putting down every band around them until they reach 2nd all-time behind the Beatles. It's inevitable that someone will say they were popular than U2, more influential than Nirvana, better than the Stones until they reach #2 all-time. The irony that Oasis themselves no longer make bold claims but they're audience does 25 years after the fact feels like insecurity. If an Oasis fan needs this much to feel better about themselves and this world, then maybe it's time to realize that Oasis just doesn't care if you defend them or not for a 25-year old argument. Having as much ego as Liam isn't always the best thing.